“Every job is hard work and if you're taking on one of the leads then you're pretty much in from the beginning to the end of the day. But every day was different and that was the beauty of it.” Hannah Spearritt (on acting)
British actress and singer Hannah Spearritt became famous as a member of the successful pop group S Club (formerly S Club 7). With the group from 1998 to 2003, the blue eyed, blonde haired beauty starred in four television series, including the worldwide hit “Miami 7” (1999) and in a motion picture called “S Club Seeing Double” (2003). She also recorded (with the group) the albums “S Club” (1999, #2 UK), “7” (2000, #1 UK), “Sunshine” (2001, #3 UK) and “Seeing Double” (2002, #17 UK) and released eleven singles, including the U.K. hits “Bring It All Back” “Never Had a Dream Come True” (also a Top 10 hit in the US) and “Have You Ever.” S Club has sold over 17 million albums worldwide. Starting out on stage with the National Youth Music Theatre at age 12, Spearritt continued to pursue acting after the group broke up and portrayed Abby Maitland in the popular TV series “Primeval” (ITV, 2007-2009).
Spearritt is good friends with British actress Sheridan Smith (born on June 25, 1981), whom she met while at the National Youth Music Theatre. In December 2008, she became engaged to actor Andrew-Lee Potts (born on October 29, 1979), who was a costar on “Primeval.” They plan to marry in 2011.
Childhood and Family:
The youngest of three children of Michael and Jenny Spearritt, Hannah Louise Spearritt was born on April 1, 1981, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Her older sisters are former model and fashion designer Tanya Spearritt and Stuart Spearritt. She is the niece of former British football player Eddie Spearritt.
Hannah attended Woodlands Middle School, Lynn Grove High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College. She developed a love for sports at school and excelled at swimming, tennis and running. A catalog model for Mothercare at age 3, she, however, turned her attention to performing at age 12 and scored a place at the National Youth Music Theatre.
Hannah is of German-America, Irish and Canadian descent. She enjoys kickboxing, photography and tennis. Her nicknames are Spanner, Minty and Titch.
“I had a lot of ideas about what I wanted to be, including a nurse, a professional tennis player, a teacher and a fitness instructor. But then at age 12 after appearing in a local production of ‘Annie,’ I had a new idea. I wanted to be a performer.” Hannah Spearritt
Hannah Spearritt had her first taste of show business at age 3 when she appeared as a catalog model for Mothercare. Growing up, she became interested in sports but decided to become a performer when she was 12 years old. That same year, she got a part in a Great Yarmouth Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society production of “Annie.” Before long, Spearritt began her professional career with the National Youth Music Theatre. As a member of the company, she performed in “Pendragon” (1994-1995) and toured in New York and Hong Kong and “Tin Pan Ali” (1996). She made her West End debut in the musical “Bugsy Malone” (1997), where she was one of the original cast members.
In 1998, Spearritt ventured into television in a small role in the British TV film adaptation of Anne Perry's crime novel, “The Cater Street Hangman,” with Sarah Hellings directing and T.R. Bowen writing the script. The film was nominated for a 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Television Feature or Miniseries. It was also in 1998 that Spearritt auditioned for and was accepted as a member of the pop group S Club 7, along with Jon Lee, Tina Barrett, Rachel Stevens, Paul Cattermole, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O' Meara.
Spearritt rose to fame when she starred with S Club 7 in their own television series called “Miami 7,” a children's sitcom based on the lives of the group. Debuting in the U.K. on April 8, 1999, the show was an immediate success in Britain and in a number of other countries. It was later taken to America and broadcasted from November 1999 to February 2000 under the title “S Club 7 in Miami.” The group had their first TV special later in 1999 titled “S Club 7: Back to the 50's.”
After the success of the series, Spearritt and her group launched the debut album “S Club” on October 4, 1999, with Polydor Records. It peaked at No. 2 on the U.K. Albums chart and was certified double platinum there. However, critical reception to the album was mixed. “S Club” was released in the U.S. on April 11, 2000, but only peaked at No. 112 on the Billboard 200. The album eventually received gold certification from RIAA. “S Club” contained the U.K. No. 1 hit single “Bring It All Back,” the No. 2 U.K. hit “S Club Party” and a double A side single titled “Two in a Million/You're My Number One,” which was also a runner up on the U.K. singles chart.
Spearritt and her band mates starred in their second television series, “L.A. 7,” which ran on BBC from April to July 2000 and on Fox Family from June to September 2000. The same year, they also filmed a TV special called “S Club 7: Artistic Differences” that aired in the U.K. on September 9, 2000.
The sophomore album “7” was released on June 12, 2000, in the U.K. and November 14, 2000, in North America. Like its predecessor, the album received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success in the U.K. and earned triple platinum certification. In the U.S., the album charted at No. 69 on the Billboard 200 and went gold. It spawned three singles with “Reach” (#2 UK), “Natural” (#3 UK) and “Never Had a Dream Come True,” which was included in the re-release of the album. “Never Had a Dream Come True” became the group's second No. 1 hit single in U.K. and their first and only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 10.
Spearritt and her band were reunited in the third television series “S Club 7 in Hollywood,” which premiered in the U.S. on September 15, 2001. It was followed by the TV series “Viva S Club” in 2002. The group's third album, “Sunshine,” was released on November 26, 2001. It rose to No. 3 in the U.K. and was certified double platinum after selling over 600,000 units there. The album's hit singles included “Don't Stop Movin'” (#26 UK), “You” (#2 UK) and “Have You Ever,” which debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart on December 1, 2001, and remained on the chart for 14 weeks. “Sunshine” became the last album with Paul Cattermole before he left the group in March 2002. The fourth studio album, “Seeing Double,” followed on November 25, 2002. It earned positive reviews from critics but only made the Top 20 on the U.K. Albums chart (#17). The lead single “Alive,” their first single released under the name S Club, went to No. 5 on the U.K. Singles chart. The single “Say Goodbye/Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You” was released on May 26, 2003, and became the group's last single before they broke up in 2003. Also in 2003, S Club starred in a feature film titled “Seeing Double,” which was directed by Nigel Dick and written by Kim Fuller and Paul Alexander. The film featured many songs from the group's album of the same name. The DVD version of the film became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. and Ireland in the category of the Children's DVD/Video Sales and rose to No. 1 in France and Spain.
After the breakup of S Club, Spearritt played the supporting role of Emily Sommers in the installment “Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London” (2004), opposite Frankie Muniz as Cody Banks and Anthony Anderson as Derek Bowman. The same year, she portrayed Joan in the horror film “Seed of Chucky,” the fifth film in the popular “Child's Play” series. The film opened at No. 4 at the box office. Spearritt returned to television with a recurring role in the short lived BBC sitcom “Blessed” (3 episodes, 2005). In December 2005, she revisited the West End stage to appear in the musical “Show! The Musical” at the Sound Theatre in London. The show, however, was closed after three weeks because of low ticket sales.
Spearritt enjoyed a revival when she won the regular role of Abby Maitland, a herpetologist and assistant zookeeper, on the British science fiction television series “Primeval,” opposite Douglas Henshall, Jason Flemyng, James Murray, Lucy Brown and her fiancé Andrew-Lee Potts. The show aired from 2007 until 2009. Also in 2007, Spearritt portrayed Tilly Rice in the TV film “Marple: At Bertram's Hotel” (ITV1), which starred Geraldine McEwan as Mrs. Marple.